About the Diabetes Research Group

Here at the Diabetes research group we play a key role in research both locally and globally through senior positions in the British Diabetic Association / Diabetes UK, and the EASD. Due to this we have established rich collaborations with numerous Centres of Excellence worldwide.

Our activites are always expanding and we have devoted significant effort to technology transfer activities managed by Innovation Ulster/Diabetica Ltd.

Our research activites are directed into four main areas, as we aim to increase knowledge at the forefront of diabetes research and subsequently develop new approaches for diabetes therapy. These activites have contributed to outstanding ratings in the 1996, 2001, 2008 and 2014 HEFCE RAE and REF exercises encompassing a spectrum of state of the art technologies coupled with strong clinical research collaborations.

The group itself was formed in 1989 following the appointment of Professor Peter Flatt to a Chair of Biological and Biomedical Sciences. We have significantly expanded in numbers since then and we now have an array of researchers that have strengthened the research profile and capitalised on the Group's policy of research endeavor and selectivity. Members of the research group can be seen below.

Since 1989 the Group has built an extensive range of external networks being the founder of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) Islet Study Group and playing a pivotal role in the establishment of the EU-funded Islet Research European and Latin-American Networks

Our Strategy

  • To undertake and publish research of national and international status aimed at increasing knowledge of the pancreatic islets, endocrine control of nutrient homeostasis and both the pathophysiology and treatment of diabetes mellitus.
  • To exploit intellectual property and actively pursue technology transfer with the aim of helping to alleviate the world-wide burden of diabetes and contributing to the prosperity and knowledge-based economy in Northern Ireland.
  • To provide a supportive and high quality training environment for research students and postdoctoral fellows to facilitate the acquisition of knowledge, new skills, personal fulfillment and career progression.
  • To participate in productive national and international networks with Centres of Excellence for diabetes research and to actively contribute to the global diabetes community, through public engagement, conferences and involvement with organizations promoting research, understanding and well being of individuals with diabetes.

Opportunities for Recruitment

  • Opportunities exist for recruitment of a number of highly motivated research students and Fellows.
  • Overseas personnel from Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Egypt, Gambia, India, Jordan, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia and Taiwan, in addition to those from the Republic of Ireland and the UK.
  • Projects offered are in key areas of ongoing research, and provide a unique experience for innovative diabetes and biomedical training.
  • A friendly team environment exists which has previously secured 100% PhD completion within 2-4 years registration.
  • State-of-the-art equipment and expertise is available in a number of modern areas of biochemistry, cell biology, molecular biology and peptide chemistry.
  • Work is conducted in an internationally recognised research environment which places considerable emphasis on peer-reviewed publication, training and career progression.

Our members